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You probably wouldn't normally think of adding an herb to a jelly, but thyme and apples meld into an incredibly flavorful result. It's great on toast or biscuits, but also try it as a glaze for pork or chicken. Fast and easy to make in the microwave, but you can also make it on a conventional stove-top. Good for kitchen gifts.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 pouch (3 ounces) liquid fruit pectin


Combine the apple cider, sugar, and thyme in a 4 quart microwave-safe bowl, and stir well. Cook, uncovered, at full power (650 to 700 watts) for 10 minutes. Stir, return to the microwave, and cook until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has reached a full rolling boil, about 5 more minutes . Stir the pectin into the mixture, return it to the microwave, and cook for 1-1/2 minutes. Skim any foam off the surface, and pack the jelly into sterilized jars according to the manufacturer's directions.

Yield: 1 quart

Source: The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins (Workman Publishing)
Reprinted with permission.

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